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Illinois lawmakers form school shootings task force
The Associated Press via KFVS-TV
Illinois lawmakers will work with mental health professionals to look for ways to help mentally ill children in the hopes of preventing school shootings.
Confusion continues over standardized testing in Chicago
Last year, after thousands of Illinois parents signed a petition to delay standardized tests, Chicago Public Schools promised parents they would only administer new standardized tests to 10 percent of its schools. While the city continues to maintain that this is the plan, some teachers and principals have their doubts.
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Teens take a bite out of business in high school incubator classes
U.S. News & World Report
Forget meager landscaping or babysitting operations. Some teens are creating booming large-scale businesses.
Take Noa Mintz, for example. The 15-year-old entrepreneur established a babysitting agency when she was 12 that has revenues of $375,000, Entrepreneur magazine reported last month.
At some high schools, similarly minded teens are developing businesses while earning course credit through business incubator classes.
More Illinois students qualifying for special-education services, data shows
Chicago Daily Herald
Better medical diagnoses, a growing emphasis on early detection and greater parental advocacy are among the possible reasons why more Illinois students are qualifying for special education services, suburban educators say.
Veteran-turned-principal vows to root out 'pathetic cowards' behind Twitter bullying
A United States veteran-turned-principal is getting tough on cyberbullies at his school, vowing to root out the "cowards" and punish them, after about two dozen students were targeted through a Twitter account.
Joshua Romano, principal of Murdock Middle/High School in Winchendon, Mass., logged on to the school's Twitter account to warn perpetrators who attacked some students' sexuality and appearance.
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Preventing suicide with a 'contagion of strength'
For Whitney Bischoff, high school was tough. On the first day of her freshman year, a childhood friend committed suicide. Things weren't any better at home — her father died when she was 7 and her mom was an alcoholic with an abusive boyfriend.
She had a hard time making friends.
And when all the stress threatened to overwhelm her, she, too, considered suicide.
Illinois lawmakers to propose measure to battle heroin abuse
The Associated Press via WBBM-TV
Two Illinois lawmakers plan to propose bipartisan legislation to combat growing heroin and prescription drug abuse, though they acknowledge it may be tough to pass in a difficult budget year.
Currently, some police units carry the antidotes, but the legislation would require all state and local government agencies that employ law enforcement officers and firefighters to possess them. School officials and family members of addicts could also administer the drugs, if they received proper training.
Cyberbullying takes its toll on college students
Cyberbullying has been linked to a markedly increased risk for depression and problem alcohol use in college students, new research suggests.
A survey study of more than 200 female college students showed that those who were involved with cyberbullying in any way were almost three times more likely to meet criteria for clinical depression than those with no cyberbullying experience.
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Bully victims and bullies at high risk for suicidal thoughts
Headline-making tragedies, like the suicide of Massachusetts teen Phoebe Prince in 2010, have established the connection between being bullied and self-destruction. What you might not know is that bullies themselves are at risk for suicidal behaviors or thoughts — and those who have been both bullies and bullied are at the highest risk of all.
6 eating disorder myths debunked
The Huffington Post
How much do you actually know about eating disorders? For National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, we've rounded up common misconceptions that make it more difficult for people living with these illnesses to be recognized, to be understood and to access appropriate treatment.
Here are six myths about eating disorders debunked.
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